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15 January 2008 | PR 08/04

Loughborough still to play a part in Team GB 2012 preparation

Loughborough University will continue to play an important role in the development and preparation of Britain’s athletes in 2012 despite the British Olympic Association’s (BOA) recent announcement the official Team GB holding camp will be held at Aldershot.

The University, which boasts the highest concentration of world class sporting facilities in Europe, will still work closely with the BOA and Britain’s elite athletes to give Team GB its best opportunity for success in 2012.

Many of Britain’s 2012 contenders will continue to use Loughborough’s facilities during the four-year run-up to the Games and it is also expected some sports will choose to stay in Loughborough for their final Olympic preparations.

Loughborough is already working closely with Sir Clive Woodward and his Elite Performance Programme to provide sports science support and research to identified elite athletes, and it hopes to work closely with the BOA to offer increased sports science and sports innovations services in the run-up to the Games.

The University’s reputation within sport is such that its campus is home to five national sports performance centres and 11 national governing bodies for sport, while a wide range of sports choose Loughborough to host training camps for their elite athletes. Loughborough has provided a base for the preparation of more than 100 British Olympians over the past 30 years.
Loughborough University Director of Sport Chris Earle is surprised at the BOA’s decision for its holding camp but believes Loughborough has a massive role to play in preparing Britain’s athletes for the Games.

“Loughborough University still has a huge part to play in supporting Britain’s athletes in the run-up to the London Olympics,” he said. “It is important to remember the most important preparation work for athletes and their support staff takes place in the years before the Olympic Games. It is our job to ensure that our Team GB athletes have the best possible environment and support for the four crucial years leading up to the Games.

“Loughborough is proud of its unique combination of world class facilities, sports science expertise, quality coaches and technical support and we will continue to work closely with the BOA, UK Sport and the individual sports governing bodies to ensure Britain’s athletes have the best chance of success in 2012 and beyond.”

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Amanda Overend
Sports PR Officer
Loughborough University
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Notes to editors

  1. Loughborough is the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the Europe’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

  2. More than £35m of public money has been invested into Loughborough University’s sports facilities in recent years.

  3. Loughborough is home to Performance Centres for Olympic sports governing bodies British Swimming, British Triathlon, UK Athletics, England Tennis and England Hockey as well as the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

  4. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    In the 2007 National Student Survey, the University was voted fourth in the UK, with 23 out of 29 of Loughborough’s subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. Loughborough is also ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities in national league tables. It was named winner of the 2006 and 2007 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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